The 23-year-old told the Express & Star: "Trying to sign Kevin is definitely a statement of the club's ambition and it comes from the chairman, because that's how he's been from day one.
"It would be a massive statement from the club if we could sign him. The Irish connection is obviously a big thing in our favour for him. There's a few lads here who know him - I've played against him over in Ireland and since he's been here with Reading. He also knows Andy Keogh and Kevin Foley from the Irish set-up.
"The club sells itself with the manager and I know Kevin will have been impressed by what he was told. We're a club on the up, we're all around the same age and hungry for success. We feel we can go places.
"We've got goals in our strikeforce with four quality strikers, but he's another to add to the mix. He's already shown he can score goals in the Championship and the Premier League.
"Our strikers have proved they can score goals in the Championship and I have no doubt they can do it in the Premier League. But if Kevin comes, then it's more competition. If we could get him, it would add to what we've got."